ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News


Jamaicans are election-weary and COVID-weary. With the first one out of the way (what a relief, really), we still have the second to contend with. September is generally considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and this year we have already had two brushes with Laura and Nana, but expect more rumblings from west … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 8, 2020: (No) Princes and Princesses, Election Aftermath, and Women in the News

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally


There was another “heavy” topic that preoccupied us last year, which I barely addressed – again because of the holidays and my New Year of the Broken Wrist. This one is probably the most important of all. Yes, it’s corruption. It’s the elephant in the room that never moves away (although sometimes we think it … More Corruption Perceptions Index 2018: Jamaica Standing Still Locally, Slipping Backwards Globally

INDECOM Commissioner Addresses the Issue of INDECOM and Police Effectiveness


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Last night – January 11, 2018, in an address to the Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town, Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams spoke about the often repeated claim that the work of INDECOM has had a chilling effect on police morale and has…

$75 Million Allocated To Retrofit Police Lock-Ups For Children: So What Happened?


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In 2013, the Jamaican Parliament was told that $75 million was to be spent retrofitting five police lock-ups with “child friendly” areas for the detention of children. In 2017, a Parliamentary Committee has now been told that the retrofitting of four lock-ups was completed in 2015 and…

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017


It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

JCF Administrative Review Committee Clears JCF…Of Pretty Much Everything


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Two days ago (August 8, 2017) Commissioner of Police George Quallo released the “Report of Administrative Review Committee Appointed to Review Conduct of JCF Named Officers During the 2010 West Kingston Operation and Related Matters”. ? (Click for JCF West Kingston Administrative Review Committee Report – June 2017)…

Why Kenyans Are Sick of Voting: Gathara’s World


As you must know by now, I am a big fan of Kenyan political blogger Patrick Gathara. Here he is, hitting the nail on the head again about VOTING. Haven’t we had this conversation so many times before, here in Jamaica? I have to agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Gathara’s conclusion: “A democratic system is not about … More Why Kenyans Are Sick of Voting: Gathara’s World

Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index


After a good rise in the rankings last year, it is disappointing to see that Jamaica has slipped in Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index. National Integrity Action (NIA) gives us a few reasons why – issues that we have certainly reported on in this blog. I will continue to be vigilant and I hope … More Jamaica (Predictably) Slips in 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index

NIA calls for the strongest sanctions in relation to breakdown of accountability at the Firearm Licensing Authority


I always had a bad feeling about the long-delayed trial relating to the July, 2011 murder of teenager Khajeel Mais. Since the acquittal of Patrick Powell for Mais’ murder on October 24, there has been a huge public upsurge of anger and disgust – and a growing suspicion that all was not well with the case. I … More NIA calls for the strongest sanctions in relation to breakdown of accountability at the Firearm Licensing Authority